When you think “premier dining,” accomplished executive chefs and elaborate menus comes to mind. With exhilarating presentations, bold flavors and inventive menu items, top chef restaurants represent the cream of the crop in any given city. Thankfully, St. Louis has no shortage of high-end restaurants that fit the bill. When money is no object and you’re looking to impress, here’s where you’ll find the most breathtaking cuisine in St. Louis. –Stephanie Shepard


1831 Sidney Street
Saint Louis, Mo. 63104
(314) 773-7755

Incredible cuisine is the name of the game at Niche. This brainchild of executive chef Gerard Craft combines elegant dining with cutting edge cuisine. Although Niche offers a plethora of inventive eats — truffle cauliflower lasagna and Amish chicken are just two examples — the real star of the show at Niche is the three-course tasting menu. For only $40, one can sample three of the finest courses Niche has to offer.

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Eleven Eleven Mississippi

1111 Mississippi Avenue
Saint Louis, Mo. 63104
(314) 241-9999

At Eleven Eleven Mississippi, the chefs like to keep it simple; perhaps that’s why the name of the restaurant is also its address. At this Northern California and Tuscan inspired restaurant, one can expect only the best cuisine from executive chef Ivy Magruder. With items like pancetta wrapped stuffed rabbit loin and shellfish fettucini, it’s no wonder Eleven Eleven Mississippi won the Zagat award for “Top Restaurant” in 2005. Come to Eleven Eleven Mississippi to see and be seen. Your taste buds will never be the same again.

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight.

Sidney Street Café

2000 Sidney Street
Saint Louis, Mo. 63104
(314) 771-5777

Sidney Street Café, located in the heart of St. Louis, is an impressive foray into the interesting and exciting culinary world. With menu offerings such as sea bass, grilled weather vein scallops and stuffed artichoke, there is sure to be something to satisfy every palate. Try the Wisconsin pheasant breast — this succulent dish combines pheasant with caramelized cipollini onions, cauliflower puree and a thyme reduction.

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10:30 p.m.